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Enjoying the Views in Siouxland, Iowa Lakes and the Missouri River

26 Sep

I enjoy visiting areas around Siouxland that incorporate bodies of water. Whether it be visiting the Iowa Lakes region or up near Yankton, SD. I like water, watching it, the views and horizons.

Enjoying a day at the lakes in Arnolds Park, Iowa Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Enjoying a day along the Missiouri River in Yankton, SD Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I have read that bodies of water have a calming effect on people, and just gazing out onto the horizon can sometimes give us momentary peace of mind as well as making us contemplate what our own personal horizon is, and if we are willing to take the journey to reach them once we figure out what they may be.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Enjoying a day at the lakes in Arnolds Park, Iowa Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Enjoying a day at the lakes in Arnolds Park, Iowa Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Celebrating Riverboat Days in Siouxland, Yankton

27 Aug

Riverboat Days in Yankton, SD is a celebration in a way of the community’s past history, and a way of remembering the nicer aspects of it. The Siouxland community was built with the help of river traffic flowing on the Missouri River which borders the community’s downtown area. There is a parade one of the days and a number of other activities as well as food vendors and artists’ booths that line Riverside Park which borders the Missouri River.

People walk along the riverfront in Riverside Park looking at artists’ booths during the Riverboat Days in Yankton, SD Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

People line the streets waiting for a parade to begin for the Riverboat Days in Yankton, SD Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The parade in a way seems perfunctory or a prerequisite, although a lot of work goes into it and residents enjoy it, catcalling people they know in the parade and just enjoying the day as the community celebrates its history and way of life. Even a small kitten peeking out from a doorway seemed to be in the spirit.

Even a kitten inside of a store looks out to watch the parade for the Riverboat Days in Yankton, SD Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Flags also wave at passing parade floats and agricultural items during the parade for the Riverboat Days in Yankton, SD Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Always a hit during parades, antique tractor equipment roll along during the Riverboat Days Parade in Yankton, SD Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

And on a nice day, looking at artist’s wares and having a selection of various foods, healthful or not, to choose to indulge or just enjoy a view of the river is a day well spent. And will continue to brings its residents and visitors together sharing a moment and having a nice time.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

 

A variety of artist items tempts shoppers during the Riverboat Days in Yankton, SD Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

A young boy gets a painted face during the Riverboat Days in Yankton, SD Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

People mill about checking out artists’ booth in Riverside Park along the Missouri River during the Riverboat Days in Yankton, SD Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Seeing “spots” in Siouxland, Ice Flows, Yankton, SD

13 Mar

Friends of mine told me that they had seen some spectacular ice flows in the Missiour River along the banks in Sioux City. I never made it out there, but did take a peek while in Yankton, SD during an outing on a sunny, but very cold day in Siouxland.

Bits of ice flow along the bank of the Missouri River in Yankton, SD Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

While not as spectacular as friends had mentioned, it still wows me that the water is that cold during the winter to form ice flows along the river banks. And all the more reason why this person is waiting for spring to bring a respite and temps that are in the 40’s at least on a more consistent basis. This look at the river is a lot different than during the summer during a festival along the banks. I can feel the sweat slowly trickle down my back right now and be glad for it.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Tucked in among the trees along the Missiouri River, the Riverboat Days in Yankton, SD, Saturday, August 20, 2016. (Photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

 

Checking out the riverfront south of Siouxland, Omaha, NE

5 Sep

I made a sojourn down to Omaha, NE recently to obtain a lifetime seniors pass to national parks in the U.S. before a price increase. I didn’t even realize their is a national park office in Omaha or the fact that it is situated along the riverfront in the city.

A walkway spans the Missouri River between Nebraska and Iowa at the riverfront near the Lewis and Clark Landing in Omaha, NE August 24, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Not far from there a pedestrian walkway spans the Missouri River that connects Nebraska and Iowa. Giving views from above of the river and parts of the downtown area of Omaha. The day was pleasant, while warm, had a nice breeze coming off the river. And as I began walking along this river front after obtaining my pass I found it was only a few blocks the Old Market section of the city which contains numerous restaurants and shops. But the way there is filled with its own delights.

A walkway spans the Missouri River between Nebraska and Iowa at the riverfront near the Lewis and Clark Landing in Omaha, NE August 24, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Water spouts at the Heartland of America Park in Omaha, NE August 24, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

There is an interesting walkway that takes one above the ground and over various governmental water front areas that is an architectural delight as well as another shade cover further up the way.

Covered bridge walkways connect the riverfront area by the Lewis and Clark Landing and the Heartland of America Park to Old Market in Omaha, NE August 24, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Shade and design are created along the riverfront at the Heartland of America Park in Omaha, NE August 24, 2017. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

It made walking to the Old Market a nice way to work up an appetite and later check out some of the shops in the area.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Walking the River Trail in Siouxland, Yankton, South Dakota

4 Apr

Over the weekend I took a trip up to Yankton, South Dakota, about an hour’s drive north but still within Siouxland. The weather is still deciding if it’s still winterish or spring. A sunny bright day, with wind gusts that drove the temps into the 40’s and peeking into the 50’s.

But it was a nice day for a walk in sunshine. I have looked at the River Trail along the Missouri River in Yankton previously, but had never walked along it before. I did an abbreviated jaunt and will probably go back on a less brisk day. I knew that Yankton was a gateway to the Dakota Territory in its early years, but didn’t realize it was the Territorial Capital from 1861 to 1883, designated as such by President Abraham Lincoln. A replica of the frame building stands along the trail along with a statue of a river boat captain. The Missouri River was used to ferry people and goods into and out of the territory beginning with the Lewis and Clark Expedition and later as people moved into the area to settle and further explore.

Its always nice to visit places, and more so when you learn a bit about its history. I plan to go again at some point, hopefully taking a class of Lifelong Learners along to enjoy it with me.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Being Lost in Siouxland

20 May

To area residents, Siouxland represents a pretty specific area, or at least an area they have grown up in or learned about when relocating here. There are different ideas about Siouxland. Its geographic confines, mostly denoting Northwest Iowa, Northeast Nebraska and Southeastern South Dakota. Its defined by rivers, farmland, small communities and big heart. People lead simple lives, but during tough times they pull together and help one another. Neighbors, friends, strangers even, making sure that someone in distress isn’t by himself. Otherwise, Siouxlanders go about their lives and live them. Participating in a variety of activities and jobs supporting local sports teams and organizations. Some those activities and people will be found here in coming months. Sharing their lives and thoughts as time moves forward, occasionally looking backward to reminisce. I hope you enjoy their stories.

Jerry Mennenga, Sioux City, Iowa

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